Lecture

For the hundredth anniversary of Cecil Healy’s death, the Historial de Péronne organises a “Café d’ Histoire” entitled “Cecil HEALY, an Olympic champion who died in action”. This conference will take place on Tuesday 19 June 2018 at the Historial.


Abstract :

Cecil HEALY was born in November 1881 in Sydney. He was interested in swimming from an early age and very quickly won many victories. It helps to improve the crawl and to spread this technique all over the world. He logically became one of the best swimmers in the world and broke many records. He travelled throughout Europe twice in 1906 and again in 1912. He thus becomes the privileged witness of a political situation that is gradually deteriorating. His findings are severe. War is imminent and Healy cannot stand still. He defends an idea of rights, duty and commitment that goes far beyond the sporting framework. It is this philosophy that will take him from Sydney to Assevillers. The centenary of the First World War is the occasion to highlight the course of this Australian champion who became a soldier of the Imperial Australian Forces.

Infos et réservation : http://www.historial.fr/historial-de-la-grande-guerre/agenda/cafes-d-histoire/cecil-healy/